When You're Strange
When You're Strange (2010)

"When you're Strange" uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of The Doors and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy. The film is a riveting account of the band's history.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's far from a critical assessment of the band's music or its legacy, but When You're Strange gives fans a beautifully filmed, lovingly assembled tribute to the Doors.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

When You're Strange offers a worshipful but insightful portrait of the group...

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[A] muddled, pretentious assemblage of film clips of the band shot between 1966 and 1971, with solemn narration by Johnny Depp.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

DiCillo's film veers perilously close to hagiography. To those not under the singer's spell, [Jim Morrison] totters precariously between the charismatic and the ludicrous.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Although Doors fans will drool over the prospect of the previously unseen footage, they are unlikely to find anything new here.

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Preston Jones
Dallas Morning News

Seeing Morrison blithely hang a lei over the neck of an obviously giddy young woman or watching as Manzarek patiently fields questions helps humanize a group of men all too often shrouded in the mists of legend.

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R. L. Shaffer

While fans of The Doors probably already know the story, this exploration of Jim Morrison's life and career is fascinating nonetheless.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The vitality of crazed angel Jim Morrison is its driving force.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Not many fresh insights, but riding along with The Doors is still a good time, whether you buy into the Jim Morrison mythology or not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
A documentary about The Doors endorsed by the band and narrated by Johnny Depp- what's not to like? Much like Oliver Stone's film, this is very… More
Cameron Johnson
Wow, Johnny Depp is about as strange as they come, so he's perfect to narrate this, yet when it came to picking out a writer and director, they really… More
Eric Broome
And the Doors legend continues to be happily milked. Just how many "Best of...," "Very Best of...," "Ultimate...," "Greatest… More
Jason Reneau
Strange, mesmerizing, and unforgettable is how I would describe the film, and the band that inspired it. In a class all their own. The Doors for a very brief… More
Walter M.
Even with great music and rare footage, the documentary "When You're Strange" only manages to scratch the surface of The Doors. A lot of that is… More
Wu Chouin
Good insight and rare footage of Jim Morrison and the Doors. A definite must for fans of the band.